Healing Aids and Practices
“Weston Price showed us that the fundamental cause of disease is inadequate nutrition.” (Weston A. Price Foundation) When the body is not getting the correct nutrients, it is going to be more susceptible to illness of any kind. Eating whole foods (organic, if possible) that are compatible with your body type, eliminating allergens, adequate clean water and salt, fresh air, sunlight, and connection with the earth are all necessary for optimal health. Please see Dr. Terry Wahls’ video, Minding Your Mitochondria, for a very compelling presentation on the importance of supplying the body with adequate nutrition in order to strengthen the nervous system. Dr. Wahls healed her multiple sclerosis by improving her diet dramatically.
Which is the best diet? You need to find a diet that works for you, individually. There are disagreements amongst dietary experts about which diet is ideal for humans, based upon experience, observation, and analysis of human physiology and biochemistry. You will find good arguments supporting the idea that the ideal diet for humans consists only of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains, and you will also find good arguments supporting the idea that an omnivorous diet, including some animal flesh, raw and cooked vegetables and grains, is ideal. There is also the idea that we should eat what our ancestors ate, due to our genetic heritage, and that is a form of biochemical individuality: our bodies may be genetically adapted to specific foods, and these may include animal flesh, animal products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains.
My current belief is that humans should ideally eat foods made from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains, but we certainly don’t live in an ideal world, therefore, I know that such a diet will not work for everyone. Ideal food sources are sometimes difficult to find, and high personal and environmental stress might make such diet impossible to survive on for some people. Also, climate, cost, biochemical individuality, personal health conditions and other factors need to be considered when designing a diet. Some people need to eat animal flesh or animal products.
However, the dietary experts do seem to agree that including a large proportion of raw fruits and especially vegetables in the diet is generally a good idea, and that our food should be as close to nature as possible. I believe a balance of raw and cooked food is good. Healthy fats are minimally processed (they come from traditional animal or vegetable sources) and should also be included in the diet; harmful fats have been highly processed in a destructive way and are usually from non-traditional and/or unnatural sources (like Canola Oil). Whole, organically grown or raised sources of food are always better than highly processed or refined foods containing pesticides, hormones, additives and preservatives, that have been pasteurized, homogenized or irradiated. The diet should be balanced, to include all of the nutrients the body needs but not more. Many people have dramatically improved their health by improving their diet.
An excellent general dietary guide is Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. From a review for the book: “The most sensible diet plan ever? We think it’s the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’” Highly recommended, as are all of his books! Michael defines “food” as unprocessed or minimally processed whole foods, as close to natural as possible. Also see his lecture, In Defense of Food with Michael Pollan and the DVD of the same name. One of Michael’s main messages is that humans have remarkable health on a wide variety of traditional plant and animal foods in different cultures and environments across the planet, but it is the Western Diet with its high processed foods, sugar, fat and meat content that consistently causes a high incidence of disease wherever it is adopted.
Another excellent guide on nutrition is Mike Anderson’s DVD, Eating — 3rd Edition. He clearly states that eating animals and animal products is the primary cause of all major diseases in North America and in other places where the “Standard American Diet” has been adopted. Major diseases caused by eating animals include heart disease and cancer but also many others. The dietary guidelines that Americans are following have been manipulated in favor of the food industry to increase profits, and medical doctors are not trained in healthy nutrition as a way to prevent and heal disease. Although some people need animal flesh or animal products in their diets, too much of these causes disease. Eating animals and animal products also has a huge negative effect on our environment and causes a huge amount of animal suffering. Anderson also busts a number of common food myths that are promoted by the food industry.
The most nutritious foods on the planet are leafy green vegetables, but most people don’t eat enough of them. See Victoria Boutenko Interview 1, Interview 2 and Victoria’s book, Green for Life, for more information. The Boutenko family transformed their lives by switching to a plant-based raw food diet. Not everyone will be able to switch to a plant-based raw food diet, but almost everyone will benefit by significanly increasing the intake of leafy green vegetables by adding green smoothies to their diet. In addition to watching the interviews with Victoria Boutenko, I highly recommend viewing Valya Boutenko’s amazing DVD, Reversing the Irreversible, to understand the power of green smoothies and a plant-based raw food diet. Again, I do not believe that a plant-based raw food diet is the best diet for everyone, but I believe that most people will benefit significantly by adding green smoothies to their diet. Green smoothies are cooling to the body so some people who are extremely ill with a weak life force may be devitalized by green smoothies rather than healed by them. Living on a plant-based raw food diet or eating green smoothies may be difficult in cooler climates or in the winter when the body needs more warming foods.
Although I do believe that a healthy vegetarian diet is ideal, I had a temporary requirement for some good quality animal flesh (ideally organic, grass-fed meat, free range chicken, quality fish like salmon, and organic eggs). I eat a significant quantity of fresh vegetables along with whole grains and other healthy vegetarian diet elements.
I strongly believe that you are what you eat. Eating the wrong foods can cause depression, and eating the right foods can heal depression and create emotional balance. The health of the body and mind is determined to a large degree by what we eat: with that in mind, eating pure and complete foods that can be efficiently assimilated by the body is best, but I believe which foods meet these criteria must be determined for each individual. However, I believe the “mental diet” is just as important: our thoughts, feelings, words and actions determine our health and happiness to a large degree. Having a strong support system and loving connection with others is another major key to healing.
Paramahansa Yogananda, who’s Guru is the great sage Swami Sri Yukteswar, wrote: “My guru was a vegetarian. Before embracing monkhood, however, he had eaten eggs and fish. His advice to students was to follow any simple diet which proved suited to one’s constitution.” Sri Yukteswar was not fanatical about the vegetarian diet, and took biochemical individuality into consideration with this dietary advice. Paramahansa Yogananda did not forbid his disciples from eating animal flesh except for beef and pork, but he did discourage it. The most important thing is to find a diet that works for you, and that may include some animal flesh or animal products. But unless animal flesh is organic, there is a good chance that it is low quality from a factory farm. Also there are the deceptions of meat glue, flavored meats and meat substitutions.
Leaky gut syndrome is very common, and is the cause of a huge range of health problems. The leaky gut must be healed before truly vibrant health is possible. Karen Brimeyer’s Leaky Gut Cure seems to be one of the best guides for healing a leaky gut. According to Karen, “Your gut health is the biggest and most important factor for your general health and wellbeing... In fact, poor gut health is responsible for up to 90% of chronic health symptoms and conditions!”
Eliminating allergens from your diet or environment will reduce the stress on your body. There are various ways to determine what you are allergic to. My wife discovered the food that I was allergic to by using an advanced form of kinesiology (muscle testing).
Drinking plenty pure water and consuming natural salt is incredibly important. Many diseases are caused by dehydration and salt deficiency. A body without adequate water is weak; a body without adequate salt is weak. Salt is required for effective cellular hydration. I highly recommend the book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life, by the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, and also his website, WaterCure.com. A minimum of 2 litres of pure water is a good guide for daily water consumption, but the amount you need depends upon many factors, including climate and the type of food you eat. Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Crystal Salt are some of the best sources of unrefined natural salt. If you can’t afford expensive natural salt, try using inexpensive additive-free pickling salt instead. Consuming 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt per litre of water may help your body function better. See also WaterCure2.org for more excellent information on the health benefits of salt water. Joey Korn sells Celtic Sea Salt at great prices. I recommend adding salt to your water no more than once per day, and if it does not taste good, listen to your body and reduce the amount of salt or take a break from drinking salt water for a few weeks.
I had thought that the tap water I was drinking was pure enough, but I decided that I should improve on it because water is so critical to health. I found a few excellent YouTube videos on the subject of contaminants in tap water that really shocked me, including Dr. Oz on Tap Water Contamination and Distilled Water vs Filtered Water vs Bottled - “The Truth” The Journey of Water Documentary. Tap water contamination is universal and often extreme. Many toxic contaminants are tasteless! To correct this problem, I tried to treat my water with a MegaHome Water Distiller and then a Santevia Gravity Water System, but I had problems with both systems: I was not happy with the very unnatural taste of water from both systems, the fact that the distiller devitalized the water and removed minerals, and my body did not need or could not assimilate the minerals in the highly alkalkine water produced by the Santevia System. I started to experience nausea after three weeks of drinking the alkaline water. Many other people are very happy with these water treatment systems but they don’t work for me! But I learned from using the distiller how contaminated my tap water is by the rapid accumulation of sediment in the well of the distiller, so I have switched to a simple but effective water filter.
I also believe that structured water has properties for health that no filtered or distilled water can have. Tap water is energetically dead and is polluted with energetic contaminants in addition to physical contaminants. Water filtering systems usually do not revitalize water or significantly reduce energetic contaminants, but water structuring systems do, so they can significantly improve the quality of filtered or distilled water. Water structuring systems are available from the Natural Action Water company, AquaCharge, Greenfield Naturals, the Centre for Implosion Research and World Living Water Systems. These water energizers may not suitable for many people with electrical sensitivity because of the energy they emit and/or the energy that they put into the water.
Another essential nutrient for health is sunlight. Humans require adequate sunlight for optimal mental and physical health, and apparently most of us in Western society are receiving much less than optimal sun exposure, especially in the northern climates. Vitamin D produced by the body as a result of sun exposure plays a very important role in the body for immunity and general health. Dr. Mercola has an excellent introductory video on this topic. I believe that there is much more benefit to sun exposure than Vitamin D, but that is a very important aspect. “The most important thing to keep in mind if you opt for oral supplementation is that you only want to supplement with natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is human vitamin D. Do NOT use the synthetic and highly inferior vitamin D2.”
Healthy energy from Mother Earth by methods of grounding or earthing can also be considered another essential nutrient for optimal health. For more information, see the section on Correcting Energy Flows.
Other nutrients that are commonly deficient in the diet include Magnesium, Iodine and Silicon. Magnesium is the most necessary mineral for the human body, and most people are deficient in it. Our soils are very depleted of minerals so I recommend a quality mineral supplement like Terramin. There is not much magnesium and no iodine in Terramin, so you will need to get them from another source. Another excellent mineral source is Bioplasma (Cell Salts combination).